Nestled on the east of LA County at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the city of Glendora is popular for having one of the most beautiful and attractive residential communities in LA. The city has a large variety of housings, including cozy cottages and luxurious residential developments.

Other factors that make Glendora a great place for families to live in; are its public and private education systems. Here, you’ll also find lush parks and quality community services. Many refer to Glendora as a safe haven from LA’s metropolitan and fast paced lifestyle.

Over the years, Glendora has become a favorite for residential project developers in and around the US. Whether you are looking to start a new project, remodel an old facility or expand it, we advise you to get in touch with the City’s Planning Division. Their address is 116 E, Foothill Boulevard.

To schedule an appointment with the official, call on 626-914-8214 or email at planning@ci.glendora.ca.us or you can have one of our experienced structural engineers in the City of Glendora meet the city planning division officials and plan your project effectively.

The Planning Division official can provide you complete information about Glendora’s zoning regulations and land use and permit requirements.

However, we, at the Eden Group, not only provide you quality assistance and discuss your needs with the planning division team but also work cohesively with them to ensure your project starts and ends successfully, on time and within budget.

The Eden Group has years of experience working with Glendora’s planning division team. We know their requirements and understand how their building process works. Our team can manage, monitor and supervise your project and also help you obtain permits needed for construction work in the City of Glendora.


Building in the City of Glendora :

Without obtaining a building permit as detailed below, no person may construct any building or structure, except for a temporary structure, within the vicinity of any mapped highway with a valuation of less than $500 as determined by the city building code. For any contracted work within the city boundaries, the city issues building permits and building condemnation/demolition permit payments that can be submitted electronically thanks to the software. The City will also issue building permits digitally. The city engineer must review the circulation element of the city master plan before issuing any building permits. They will check to see if the city engineer’s office has a fully enacted precise plan on file stating the exact location of the ground that the suggested street or highway is to occupy. The city engineer must not certify a building or structure if it is located within a mapped highway permit, electrical permit, mechanical permit, plumbing permit, and home sewer permit. 

You can find the city zoning map in the Knowledge Center.

 Single-family residential zones are designed to maintain and enhance the distinctive single-family character of the City by restricting users to those that are residential or residentially compatible and by establishing guidelines for the usage, care, and development of properties within these zones. The single-family residence zones are:

  1. R-1 (Single-family residential)
  2. E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6 and E-7 (Single-family estate)
  3. RHR (Rural hillside residential).

The multiple-family residential zones are intended to allow for the development of multi-family homes and other appropriate uses in a way that complements the City’s residential characteristics. This classification is meant for developments with medium- to high-density housing. The multiple-family residence zones are:

  1. R-2 (Restricted multiple-family residence)
  2. R-3 (Multiple-family residence)
  3. GA (Garden apartments)
  4. LGA (Limited Garden apartments).

The Hillside Development’s primary objective is to regulate land use in hillside areas so that natural features, including terrain shapes, plants, animals, scenic appeal, and open space, can mostly be preserved. More specifically, it aims to:

  1. protect distinctive and necessary geological, ecological, and hydrological features;
  2. promote land use patterns and intensities congruent with natural features as an alternative to typical hillside development strategies.
  3. Safeguarding prominent hillside views to preserve the City’s identity, reputation, environmental integrity, and aesthetic value.
  4. Prevent potentially dangerous hillside conditions from endangering the health and safety of the general people.

Required Development Plan Review, All plots with an average slope of 10% or more shall be subject to the provisions of this section. Any property requiring more than 150 cubic yards of grading must not have a grading permit issued, nor a tentative tract map or parcel map be approved.

Prohibited Grading. Any area with a natural slope greater than 35% shall not be graded. The applicant must produce a digital topographic map in the format required by the department of planning and redevelopment to demonstrate compliance with this section under one of the following circumstances:

  1. When there is a proposal to grade more than 150 cubic yards of an ungraded lot.
  2. When the City of Glendora has not consented to grading a parcel that has already been graded by more than 150 yards.
  3. When grading of more than 150 cubic yards is requested on a lot that has already been graded and was approved by the City of Glendora (unless the digital topographic map is already on file with the City of Glendora).

Building structure design. Instead, then changing the hillside to accommodate the structures, structures must be constructed to fit into the hillside and relate to the overall form of the terrain.


How can our team help you?:

We are a team of experts and qualified engineers with experience working on numerous projects in the City and dealing with city departments and their procedures. The team is experienced in all aspects of civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction management. Engineering services include Grading and Drainage Plans, Erosion Control, Stormwater Management, Structural Plans and Calculations, and Shoring Design. We have approved a variety of projects, such as:

We completed an addition to an existing single-family dwelling consisting of approximately 4,300 square feet house composed of 5 bedrooms on 600 Los Cerritos Drive. Additionally, a new garage and elevator shaft was proposed in the plans. The property is located on a 2.96-acre lot.


City of Glendora- Planning Department:

The Planning Division collaborates with the Building and Engineering Divisions to ensure that new buildings and uses follow zoning and land use restrictions set out by the City. The Planning Division also creates and administers land use regulations to direct the City’s long-term social, physical, and economic growth. Maintenance of the City’s General Plan, land use analyses, and regional planning initiatives are examples of long-term activity.

Historic preservation is another objective for the department. It involves attempting to safeguard and maintain notable sites and buildings because of their architectural or cultural significance.

The City of Glendora has one designated Historic District covering a residential neighborhood in the proximity of the Glendora Village. In the Knowledge Center, you may find the Historic District Map. A 1995 study of historic resources led to the documentation of homes and other buildings in the district. The Planning Commission evaluates alterations to structures in this area following a “Certificate of Appropriateness.”

Generally, structures or buildings that are 50 years old or older may be considered historic; however, age is not the sole consideration. For results to qualify as City Landmarks, they must be supported by evidence.

Landmarks must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Serve as a prime example of or a reflection of distinctive heritage aspects in history, architecture, archaeology, culture, or aesthetics.
  2. Are linked to figures or occasions important to local, state, or national history.
  3. Display identifiable traits of a particular style, kind, era, or construction technique, or serve as noteworthy illustrations of the skillful application of local resources.
  4. An illustration of a designer’s remarkable work.


City of Glendora- Building and Safety Department:


Building and Safety is a division of the Community Development Department. They provide services like development, plan review, inspection, and enforcement of the City of Glendora’s adopted building codes and other related ordinances. All applications for development plan reviews are processed and stored in this section.

To submit a plan review application, you must complete a building plan check/permit worksheet, available in our Knowledge Center.


After reviewing and processing the completed worksheet, the Building Division will send out a follow-up email with instructions for making an electronic payment.

After payment has been received, a link to upload the plans and other construction documents will be supplied via email. Construction documents that are deemed complete will then be forwarded for review, and plan check comments will be sent through email.

To submit updated plans online for evaluation using the same procedure, you must first ask Building Division for an upload link.

The California Building Requirements Code, which the State adopts every three years, establishes uniform building construction and upkeep standards. The current codes must be known to all architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners, and contractors at the time of plan submission.

The California Building Standards Code consists of the following 13 parts.


Part 1 California Administrative Code (CAC)

Part 2 California Building Code (CBC)

Part 2.5 California Residential Code (CRC)

Part 3 California Electrical Code (CEC)

Part 4 California Mechanical Code (CMC)

Part 5 California Plumbing Code (CPC)

Part 6 California Energy Code (CEEC)

Part 7 (Currently Vacant)

Part 8 California Historical Building Code (CHBC)

Part 9 California Fire Code (CFC)

Part 10 California Existing Building Code (CEBC)

Part 11 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)

Part 12 California Reference Standards Code


City of Glendora – Public Works Department:

The Public Works Department is in charge of managing the City’s vehicles, running the water system, running the building and safety operations, preserving the City’s roadways, walkways, and the orderly flow of traffic, as well as capital projects, public improvements, assessment districts, and city-owned buildings.

The majority of the City’s residents receive water from external services, which also include plan review and inspection services for development and construction, studies for traffic improvements, contracting for public improvements, street and sidewalk maintenance, the water conservation program, and the upkeep and construction of public facilities.

Public Works must be contacted for a permit before beginning any work in the public right of way. The Public Works Department also issues permits for pool drainage.


General Area Summary: 

Glendora is located in the eastern part of Los Angeles County, at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, situated about 27 miles from the center of Los Angeles. Numerous restaurants, cafes, shops, and retail stores along Glendora Avenue in the city center which is referred to as the Glendora Village. More than 50,000 people live in Glendora today, where they may enjoy the benefits of the City’s top-notch public and private schools, beautiful parks, extensive community services, and one of the lowest crime rates in Los Angeles County. The City is a desirable option for families in the area because of its suburban vibe, low crime rate, and consistently high-ranking school district. 


Contact Information:

The community division is found at 116 E.Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741-3380, or you can call them at 626-914-8200